Foundation emphasizes importance of protecting coasts, wetlands
The America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) responded to the elimination of Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) funds in President Donald J. Trump’s budget.
The budget cancels the agreement that gives coastal energy producing states a share of revenues received by the Federal government through royalties from Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas leases. In Louisiana, these funds are constitutionally dedicated to restore disappearing wetlands.
"The fight for a share of OCS revenues was long and, finally, real dollars through GOMESA would begin coming to the state next year. Louisiana's coast is disappearing at an alarming rate and if this budget stands, it will put one of America's most essential estuarine areas at even greater risk," said AWF Senior Advisor Sidney Coffee. "Losing this important source of funding would be devastating to Louisiana's efforts to salvage the very coastline that benefits the entire country."
Val Marmillion, AWF managing director, added: "GOMESA shares revenues with states that serve the nation and the public interest by hosting offshore energy production and finances restoration due to impacts on communities and natural environments. It is simply wrong to cut these revenues and upend state plans to work cooperatively to restore America's Wetland that provides environmental services to the country's largest port system, its fisheries, and network of pipelines that transport oil and gas to every part of the U.S. How can this Administration talk about shoring up our nation's infrastructure and then demolish funds to do just that in critical asset areas?"